Reap What You Sow

In Pemikiran & Ehwal Dunia on Februari 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

 One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial
position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview,
made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic
achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school
until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the
youth answered “none”.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for your school
fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year
old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered,
“My mother worked as
 clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands.
The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your mother wash the
clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted
me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash
clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and
clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he
went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands.
His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her
hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did
that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so
wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were
 so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of
hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school
fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother
had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly
washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: ” Can you
tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished
cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said, Number 1, I know now
 what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the
successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my
mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get
something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and
value of family relationship.

The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to be my manager.
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a
person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a
person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect
of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team.
The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he
wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put
himself first. He would be ignorant of
 his parent’s efforts. When he
starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when
he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his
employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who
may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but
eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be
full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective
parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn
piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please
let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and
bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you
do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love
them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich
their parents are, one day their
 hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The
most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort
and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with
others to get things done.


I got this piece from a mailing list that I subscribed to.

This is not only true to how we treat our parents, but in other relations either its personal or professional (husband/wife, abang/adik, superior/subordinate or even among friends!).

The message that I took from this article is that we need to love/care for each other the right way and appropriately.

Sometimes by not giving certain luxuries or giving some one a ‘hard time’ is actually an act of love; if only they understand..


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